El Imposible National Park
For the eco-friendly traveler, we suggest a visit to one of the most famous national parks, El Imposible. The park is a premier example of a dry tropical forest in Central America, many of which have disappeared over the years. A well maintained national park, El Imposible offers nature trails and clear rivers in a protected environment with guides on site. Varied vegetation and fauna offer a refuge for numerous bird and wildlife species, including the rare black hawk eagle.
El Imposible is an important national park because it is one of the last remnants of El Salvador's original forests. Walk through its 13,000 acres by paths and you will likely see a variety of exotic animals and birds.
The park has three major trails: a 1K nature hike, a 6-7K loop into the valley to see a delta of two rivers, and an 8-9K hike to Cerro Leon, the highest point in the park.
More land needs to be purchased or maintained by private landowners in order to keep El Imposible a protected forest. If a forest is too small, there is little hope to protect its plants and animals. With this in mind, many guests at our Central American eco resort find these visits impactful and fulfilling.
Reservations and permits for each visitor are required in advance. You can obtain a permit by contacting Salva Natura. The fee is $3 per person for international visitors. Many guides do not charge fees but do accept tips from guests.